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Elaine
Elaine Shannon, Editor-in-Chief.

Elaine is a former correspondent for TIME and Newsweek magazines, a Neiman fellow at Harvard University and author of three books about terrorism, espionage and the global drug trade. She and husband Dan Morgan, a Washington Post correspondent, hike, ski, kayak and serve as pit crew for son Shannon Morgan, a Colorado College environmental science student and cycle racer.

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Safe Cosmetics Bill — Get the facts

Safe Cosmetics Bill — Get the facts
As everyone pressing for non-toxic personal care products is probably aware, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., dropped the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 in the House’s hopper last month. Now begins the hard work of moving the bill through Congress. It...

EPA Mulls Dioxin Safety — for 30 Years?

EPA Mulls Dioxin Safety — for 30 Years?
Waiting for the Environmental Protection Agency to protect the public against dioxin is a lot like waiting for Godot. You keep thinking he’s about to show up… and then nothing happens. But at least he’s fictional. Dioxin is all too real. EPA’s own timeline of its labors to establish...

Cell phone industry to S.F. — Stop making sense

Cell phone industry to S.F. — Stop making sense
How does an industry lobby punish a city – that’s right, an entire city – for requiring more public disclosure about the industry’s products? With money, of course. As you might expect from an industry lobby, it’s all about money. The city in the crosshairs is San Francisco, one of the nation’s...

New York Times Toxic Waters Series Wins Medal

New York Times Toxic Waters Series Wins Medal
An investigative reporting project is to a journalist what an overhang – a slope angled at more than 90 degrees — is to a rock climber.  Gravity, physical endurance and time are all going against you.  But when you nail it, there’s no feeling that compares. A New York Times series, Toxic...

FDA on sunscreens — the undecider

FDA on sunscreens — the undecider
When life’s a beach – and also when it’s not – we all need a sunscreen that gets the job done.   With skin cancer the most common of all malignancies and bogus claims and hype fogging the sun care products aisle, you’d think the federal Food and Drug Administration would step up the pace...

If it’s polluting people, stop it

If it’s polluting people, stop it
Would you take an airline that screened baggage for high explosives? Sure. But what if the airline stopped there and didn’t check for firearms, knives, grenades, combustible liquids, ignition devices, caustics and other dangerous devices?  You’d find another way to get there, fast, and you’d...

CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act

CNN’s Gupta focuses on Kid-Safe Chemicals Act
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta reported this week that Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ,  intends to reintroduce the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act as the major vehicle for toxic chemicals policy reform “within the next month or so.” In a segment called Chemicals, innocent or guilty, Gupta, a physician and CNN’s...

Coke, Pepsi court green cred but fudge on BPA

Coke, Pepsi court green cred but fudge on BPA
There’s a lot to like about Coca-Cola’s bid for green cred at the 2010 Winter Olympics.  A key sponsor of the Vancouver games, the multinational maker of more than 3,000 beverages  is boasting a no-waste, carbon-neutral presence, with coolers that don’t emit greenhouse gases, staff uniforms and...

BPA: Why are we still eating this stuff?

BPA:  Why are we still eating this stuff?
The federal Food and Drug Administration hasn’t forced the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) out of food packaging – yet.   But as things now stand, it’s just a matter of time. On Friday, in a dramatic about-face, FDA officials announced they would “support” – meaning jawbone — the...

CA Green Chemistry Author Backs Tough Chem Regs

CA Green Chemistry Author Backs Tough Chem Regs
By Renee Sharp, Director, EWG California Office, and Bill Allayaud, California Director of Governmental Affairs In September 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a measure that aimed to strengthen California’s trail-blazing Green Chemistry Initiative and transform the way that chemicals...
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